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Old 09-19-2011, 05:32 AM   #1
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Fumes from generator cited as cause of five deaths in RV.

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CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. Three men and two women at a biker festival to raise money for needy children died in a recreational vehicle when fumes from a generator leaked into the camper, an organizer for the event said.

Police were investigating the deaths but said no foul play was suspected. Two of the men worked security into the early morning hours Sunday during the festival's party, which featured motorcycle drag races, live music and bikini and tattoo contests. The charity's website said there was free beer.

Bill Langford, the director of the event Bikers Who Care, was puzzled over the deaths at the Clarksville Speedway.

"Most of them didn't get to bed until four o'clock in the morning, and most of those people didn't go in that trailer at the same time to go to bed," he said. "I just find that kind that of strange. Why didn't they notice?"

It appears a small storage hatch on the RV did not close properly, allowing fumes from the generator to leak inside the vehicle, Langford said.

The gases were so bad in the camper that the bikers who found the bodies were taken to a hospital after feeling dizzy and light-headed, Langford said. They all had high amounts of carbon monoxide in their systems, he said.

Langford said the bikers' group was like a family and he was close friends with the people who had died. He identified them as a married couple, another couple and one of the men's co-workers.

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Old 09-19-2011, 04:12 PM   #2
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Thanks for posting that, Del and Charlotte

It's a good reminder of a hazard we need to keep in mind!
And not just in our RV's- home used generators are a significant problem in that respect,
especially after natural disasters, when many folks use them for the first time.
Hospitals seeing an increase in carbon monoxide poisoning from improperly ventilated generators; Huntsville Utilities asks residents to use care | al.com

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Very good reason to have CO2 detector installed and tested for proper operation.
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Old 09-21-2011, 01:24 PM   #4
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Very good reason to have CO2 detector installed and tested for proper operation.
Carbon monoxide is CO Buck. I use CO2, carbon dioxide, to push beer and get them mixed up (not in a beer) too. But your point is well taken. Get and maintain a carbon monoxide detector even if you don't run your generator someone next to you might and your engine exhaust as well as others produce it. Next check the batteries regularly.
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Carbon monoxide is CO Buck. I use CO2, carbon dioxide, to push beer and get them mixed up (not in a beer) too. But your point is well taken. Get and maintain a carbon monoxide detector even if you don't run your generator someone next to you might and your engine exhaust as well as others produce it. Next check the batteries regularly.
Should have CO2 detector to ensure beer does'nt go flat. DOHT!
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Both a grandfather camping with granddaughter bought the farm in No. Cal this week. Grandad thought it was a good idea to light BBQ briquettes to keep them warm inside their horse trailer.
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While we owned a Lance camper, our detector went off often and I usually simply opened a window...but come to find out...my refrig was NOT venting correctly and the Lance is/was a very tight unit. Still sad to hear of anyone dying cuz of it.
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Just to be clear, the folks that died were NOT killed by propane exhaust, which I think is what you're talking about in your Lance.

It was gasoline combustion fumes that came in to their camper from a generator outside.

Gasoline, charcoal, and wood combustion account for nearly all carbon monoxide poisonings...

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The RV next to me has an extension on the gen exhaust, a 90 degree elbow and 8 feet of pipe extending to above the RV. I suppose it will solve the issue of fumes under the RV, but the vents are still up top and if open and the wind is coming from a certain direction, could blow fumes down the roof vent.
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And people keep telling me I'm crazy for having a woodstove in an rv and how dangerous it is....well I'm still alive........at least I can control my woodstove...kind of hard to forsee something malfunctioning with your propane furnace...
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